The Changing Cultural Climate in Museums

The McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina will host a public lecture and workshop on “The Changing Cultural Climate in Museums” on September 28 – 29, 2021 featuring Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham from Museum Hue in New York City. SC Humanities helped support this program with a Mini Grant.

The cultural climate in museums is currently facing a reckoning brought on by COVID-19 layoffs, museum closures, the death of George Floyd, and the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020. Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham will present the vision for Museum Hue, as well as outlining strategies and tools for making museums more inclusive, accessible, and relevant.

Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham has worked as a United Nations Human Rights Fellow, and in 2019, she received the American for the Arts American Express Emerging Leader Award.

The lecture will take place on Tuesday, September 28th at 6:00 p.m. at the Columbia Museum of Art (1515 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201). It is free and open to the public. Masks are required. A workshop will take place for University students as well.

For more information about the McKissick Museum and its sponsored programs, visit www.sc.edu/McKissickMuseum.

The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c) 3 organization is governed by a volunteer 21-member Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually.